Before you begin a teaching career, you watch movies like “Freedom Writers” and think Hilary Swank’s character will be you one day. You will reach the students others have given up on, hand them composition notebooks, and deliver a speech about how they haven’t failed school—school has failed them. And then, as they share their life stories with you in complete, articulate sentences, they will realize they finally have a teacher who cares about them, and they’ll see that learning can be fun, because you’ll relate the lessons to their lives….
You know what comes next, right? Sigh. Read the rest of the article on Teacher Magazine’s Website. for some bitter refreshingly honest thoughts on teaching in frustrating challenging times.